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Spike has a new vet

post #1 of 24
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I finally got Spike in to another animal clinic yesterday. I've been wanting to try out a specific animal hospital for almost a year I think, but they weren't accepting new patients. But yesterday, I called again, just to see if there was a slot open (and because Spike has an eye infection), and they have a new vet, which means they have openings for new patients!

Anyway, I went to the appointment at 5pm yesterday, and my gosh, these people are SO nice. Even the receptionist was asking all about Spike before and after being seen by the doctor. And both the attending nurse and doctor talked to him, as well as let me ask questions without rushing me! And Spike's doctor even brought in the other doctor at the clinic to make sure she was diagnosing him correctly. I felt as if I was on a different planet. OH! And his new vet actually said to keep her posted on his eye. And that sometimes she gets backed up on FOLLOW-UP CALLS to check on her patients. I just stood there confused, with my mouth slightly opened. Follow-up call? Pardon? What is that??? I never recieved one of those from his last vet. Must be something foreign.

Anyway, so far I'm quite pleased with them. I've never been this excited about having to drag Spike to the vet's.
post #2 of 24
Good for you and Spike! Did Spike like her? Well, as much as any kitty can like a V-E-T.
post #3 of 24
That is wonderful news! My new cat vet has cans of cheese whiz in his cubicles. He gives each patient a shot of something cheesy before they go home! LOL
post #4 of 24
There is nothing better than finding a great vet. My vet is like Dr. Dolittle. He has loads of broken and abandoned animals in his sergury that he keeps until he can rehome them, that is where I got Otis & Willow.
You can see him walking up the street on his lunch hour walking anywhere between 3 & 7 dogs.
And the Girls who work with him are just as wonderful they are always asking about my furbabies and keep wanting me to go on holiday so I will board them in the vets and they can play with them.
Well you can't blame them they hand reared both of them
It's such a relief to know that they care so much
post #5 of 24
Good news! It's sometimes hard to find a vet you really like. Sometimes I wonder how many are in it just as a profession or for the money and how many are in it because they truly love animals.
post #6 of 24
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I don't know if I can really say that Spike *liked* her, but he was definitely calmer than he usually is at the other clinic.

I'm not sure if it's because she crouched down to his eye level and talked quietly to him, and was more gentle with him than the last vet, but whatever it was, I'm definitely happier with her. She actually seems to care about his well-being, which is a completely foreign idea to me. A vet, near me, that cares about my baby? Will wonders never cease?

And the other vet there brings her two doggies to work with her. They get to be in the back and up at the counter, and seem to be very well behaved. I wish I could work in an environment where I could have Spike with me, and have him comfy and without anxiety.

I'm just hoping this ointment she gave me for Spike's eye works. I have to put the ointment IN his eye FOUR times a day! Oi! Pray for me.
post #7 of 24
Wow that is so awesome! You are very lucky.
post #8 of 24
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Originally posted by jgaruba
I don't know if I can really say that Spike *liked* her, but he was definitely calmer than he usually is at the other clinic.

I'm not sure if it's because she crouched down to his eye level and talked quietly to him, and was more gentle with him than the last vet, but whatever it was, I'm definitely happier with her. She actually seems to care about his well-being, which is a completely foreign idea to me. A vet, near me, that cares about my baby? Will wonders never cease?

And the other vet there brings her two doggies to work with her. They get to be in the back and up at the counter, and seem to be very well behaved. I wish I could work in an environment where I could have Spike with me, and have him comfy and without anxiety.

I'm just hoping this ointment she gave me for Spike's eye works. I have to put the ointment IN his eye FOUR times a day! Oi! Pray for me.
I just used an ointment like that and they eye was looking ALOT better in one day!

Congrats on the new vet!
post #9 of 24
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Originally posted by Princess Purr
I just used an ointment like that and they eye was looking ALOT better in one day!

Congrats on the new vet!
Oh, I hope the ointment starts working soon. The only thing it's done so far is tick Spike off.

And thanks for the well-wishes. I hope it continues to work out.
post #10 of 24
And thanks to dear Jennifer, I get to take my cats to the new vet too! I was so excited when she told me about the openings, I called over and got the girls put in their computer right away. It is a good day in Northeast PA .
post #11 of 24
And if Spike and the girls have a new vet, you can bet that Marshmallow does too! We're on our way there right now... *shhhhh
post #12 of 24
Yea! Congratulations on finding a good vet! That's really how they all should be! I was ecstatic when a cats-only clinic opened up in our city. They're great, with a sweet, caring staff too. The vet is very gentle & always takes a moment to "introduce himself" to the cats when he walks in the room, letting them give him a sniff. It's a wonderful feeling to know that the people helping your babies genuinely care! I'm happy for you!
post #13 of 24
good for you, im glad, its important to have a good vet, that shows that they are interinested in you pet, hope spikes eye gets better soon
post #14 of 24
I'm so happy for all of you! I like my vet but I wish I could find a vet that I feel Truely cares, ya know? I mean they are great with my "kids" but I feel sometimes that they are a little on the "oh no it's the crazy cat lady" side. I don't know. I really want to find a vet that is like your new one. I like my vet but I want something a little more.
post #15 of 24
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Tuxedokitties, it sounds like you have a really good vet as well, isn't it great? And thanks dougbug, I hope it gets better soon too. It really is torture trying to get that ointment in his eye.

And I went with Jillian to Marshmallow's appointment as well today. Our new vet remembered me from yesterday, and asked how Spike's eye was. I know, it was only 24 hours, but my last vet wouldn't have remembered. And she was really good with Marshmallow too. I am really amazed.
post #16 of 24
Congrats on the new vet Jen.... I hope Spike likes her
post #17 of 24
hey, congrats on finding a better vet... feel so happy for u..
i'm not sure if spike has got this thing for vet but meow meow being a typical lady, she has this thing for male vets...esp this particular one at the clinic...if u want to bring her to the vet without any hitches, u just have to tell her that hey, we're going to see your handsome doctor now...she'll happily get into the carrier and gets so excited abt going to the vet...
post #18 of 24
I tried a new vet and wasn't very happy about it. They took the kitten in the back and we weren't allowed to go back with it. It's a cats only vet and I had hoped for better.
post #19 of 24
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Barb, it looks like I was posting at the same time you were before and missed your post! Eep!

I know how you feel though... Spike's old vet clinic... well, I could put money on the majority of the vets there thinking I am way out of my mind. All over his medical history are comments such as 'unnecessary' and 'at owner's request'. It's not MY fault if THEY aren't thorough, and I have to ask tons of questions and request tests be done. There are 2 vets at the old clinic (of 7 I believe) that aren't bad, but Spike's new vet seems even better. The problem was that even if I requested one of those two vets, it wasn't guaranteed that I'd get one. So I made the switch, and so far can't be happier. I really wish everyone could have a caring vet to take care of their babies. So far my mind is really at ease.

Teresa - at my old vet's clinic it was like that. If they had to do anything... well, anything they thought I might lunge across the table and smack them for doing to my cat, they would take him in the back and not allow access back there. I've always dreaded taking him in, not only because he hates it and because the vets there seem uncaring, but because I just didn't trust their judgement all the time, and I really don't like them taking my cat away from me.

sandra - Thank you, I think he's much happier now as well. (Besides that eye ointment having to go in every 6 hours. )

Kate - I don't think it would matter if I told Spike I had a football's length in tuna for him if he'd get in that carrier... he fights me like I'm trying to kill him.

The only unfortunate thing about this new clinic is that their hours aren't nearly as wide as my old vet's. So, for anything past 5 or 7pm during the week, and most of the weekend, it's either take him back to the old clinic if it's early enough, or take him into an ER vet if it's serious. We'll be hoping for neither of those.
post #20 of 24
I'm happy to hear that you are happy with Spike's new vet. And I'm sending best wishes that his eye gets better soon.

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I don't think it would matter if I told Spike I had a football's length in tuna for him if he'd get in that carrier... he fights me like I'm trying to kill him.
Have you tried just leaving the carrier out all the time. Take off the door, put a nice blanket, some treats and favorite toys in there. I turned my carrier into a kitty den so now they don't think of it as something bad. I just leave it out all the time, then when it's time to go to vets I put treats in there and when they walk in I put the door back on.
post #21 of 24
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Originally posted by uabassoon
I'm happy to hear that you are happy with Spike's new vet. And I'm sending best wishes that his eye gets better soon.

Have you tried just leaving the carrier out all the time. Take off the door, put a nice blanket, some treats and favorite toys in there. I turned my carrier into a kitty den so now they don't think of it as something bad. I just leave it out all the time, then when it's time to go to vets I put treats in there and when they walk in I put the door back on.
Thank you uabassoon. His eye is looking a little bit better today, at least so far.

And I leave his carrier out all the time. It has a comfy towel in there, and we play with it on occassion too. He pretends he's a goalie and sits inside while I try to roll toys past him into it. He doesn't mind playing in it, but he seems to know when I'm about to close him in there, and promptly hides.
post #22 of 24
I'm glad you found a vet that you like, I found one last year that is so wonderful! I wouldnt think of going to anyone else! She calls to check up on them and yesterday she even called to locate some special food for one of mine and called me back to tell me she ordered it just for my kitten! I got a call yesterday from her, not her receptionist to tell me she found some and I could pick it up on Monday. I really like her, she is a special veterinarian to me. We live in a fairly small town and she is very busy and it really means alot to me for her to go the extra step. When my daughters kitten was sick last January, she even gave us her cell phone number in case she needed to be contacted and came in on New Years Day to see him, and didnt even charge us.
post #23 of 24
Teresa, I'm sorry your vet is like that. I think they usually take the cats out of sight because if they have to draw blood they think the owner will freak seeing blood drawn from the cat's neck. If a new technician at the clinic that doesn't know me wants to take my cat to the back I ask why, and never let them just whisk the cat away. If they say it's for bloodwork I tell them I've seen it before, and that I think the cat will be calmer in my presence. But then you have to allow them to work on her in your sight and not get upset - the staff needs to hold the cat tight so no-one (including the cat) gets injured when they work on her. Some people get upset to see that, and the emotion gets transmitted to the cat, who then struggles more.

Wow, Jenn - Sounds like your previous vet wasn't thorough at all! My vet says that "picky" owners are the best because they help him to catch problems early! Owners will notice things (esp. behavior changes) at home that the vet won't see in the clinic. Cat's can't talk, so he relies on owners' observations. I took my Macumba to the vet when she was 11 just because she was drinking more than usual; turned out she was in early kidney failure. With early detection and management, she lived to be 17. It's great you found a better vet. Your babies will probably live longer and healthier lives because of it!
post #24 of 24
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Malynn, it sounds like you have a terrific vet, wow. I hope mine turns out to be that good as well.

Tess - no, my previous vets weren't the best, at least IMO. I mean, I know I'm slightly over the top when it comes to Spike. But I'm his mommy and I worry. And it's not like I enjoy taking him to the vet's, so it's not as if I was dragging him there for no reason. And it sounds like you're one observant kitty-mommy. I'm glad Macumba had you looking out for her.
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